Iodine Deficiency – A modern-day scurvy?


The subject of Iodine deficiency has become a minor obsession of mine this past few months.  I am a dog with a bone.  And I must thank/apologise to my good friend and colleague Alan Freestone at this point, who has tolerated my incessant theorising on the subject… I can be relentless!

 A book called The Iodine Crisis was recommended to me by a colleague many months ago.  I duly bought it, and put it on the shelf to gather dust.  A nagging voice kept reminding me to read it, which I eventually did.  And it was one of those moments of ‘ahaaaaaaa, this is something BIG here!’.   This has occasionally happened in my life-long quest for health, and when it does… I sit up and listen.

Reading this book, I started joining many dots.  I researched, and researched more, reading everything I could lay my hands on.  The author of The Iodine Crisis (Lynne Farrow) has a strong sway towards iodine deficiency as it relates to breast cancer (a hugely important topic), as this was the pathology that led her onto this line of enquiry.  On reading more literature however, it became clear that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Once I began to understand how there are so many toxins in our life that compete for iodine receptors,  alongside increasingly impoverished soil quality and food (not to mention sea pollution), it began to seem very likely that Iodine Deficiency was likely at the bottom of a myriad of health disorders.

I would suggest that the cohort I treat most (autism, developmental disorders), is one of the most glaring Red Flags for iodine deficiency. When you understand that your iodine requirements triple during pregnancy and lactation (and yet our diets do very little to reflect this), I start to wonder ‘just how common is this?’

Even the WHO agrees that:

 ‘Iodine deficiency is the world’s most prevalent, yet easily preventable cause of brain damage and retardation’ (WHO website).

Unfortunately the WHO seem clueless as to the amount of Iodine that we actually need in the body… not just the amount needed to prevent cretinism or a Goitre the size of a melon.  Dig deeper my friends, dig deeper…  your glandular tissue, brain, skin, immune system… all of you needs to be saturated by this wondrous substance.  This delightful substance is an astonishing antibiotic to boot, even killing MRSA!  So why keep it a secret?  That’s why I’m writing this – I think it’s worth spreading the word.

This beautiful and essential element, I believe, may hold an important key to PREVENTATIVE action in the fight against autism and developmental delays, if used before, during and after pregnancy.  Until the stranglehold of Big Pharma can be loosened to allow a progressive government  to do some actual research examining vaccinated / non-vaccinated groups of children, we are left to try and figure a way of minimising the risk of vaccine damage… and I think this might be A BIG ONE.  I would advise all pregnant and breast-feeding mothers to make very sure they are Iodine Sufficient – I would say increasing iodine-rich food before pregnancy, during pregnancy and thereafter during breastfeeding would be good not only for baby, but for mum too.  How commonly in my practice do I see children where the mother complained of extreme fatigue and other hypothyroid issues during pregnancy and after the birth…. perhaps all avoidable with an increase of kelp in the diet.

An iodine deficient mother will surely bear a deficient baby.  And given that experts in the field believe as many as 19 out of 20 people are iodine deficient, that’s a lot of iodine deficient children.  Not to mention the fact that heavy metals have an affinity for the iodine receptors… so empty ones are just begging to be filled by the delightful adjuvants of vaccinations and the like.

There are so many things now I’m ‘in the know’, that flash a RED LIGHT for possible Iodine deficiency, but here are my top 10 (of many more) to look out for in your children (and you for that matter).

  1. If they are a human being alive in the world today
  2. If they have allergies / asthma / eczema
  3. If they have a tendency to many infections (throat, ear, colds etc.)
  4. If they are vaccinated
  5. If they have been under general anaesthetics or use inhalers of any kind
  6. If they are ADHD or just restless and overactive – as if they can never ‘relax’
  7. If they are lethargic and low in energy (the other end of the spectrum)
  8. If they are anxious or depressed/down, or have labile mood swings
  9. If they have trouble sleeping
  10. If they have a poor appetite / picky eating.

Actually, 10 was nowhere near enough to list my favourites.  But in actual fact, I think you could probably stop after point 1. I genuinely think all medicalised children in the world today are iodine deficient.  Take the existing prevalence, along with all the Iodine Competitors in their little lives, and it’s a Perfect Storm for a lifetime of chronic ill health in one form or another.

So what do I suggest doing?  Well… and usual disclaimer here ‘I am not a doctor, this is just my opinion blah blah blah’.  But here are some ‘suggestions’ for you to research yourself, and see whether you feel it resonates. Don’t take my word for it. Educate yourself on the subject and make up your own mind.  Some great resources are the books The Iodine Crisis and Iodine:  Why you need it, why you can’t live without it., interviews/seminars by  Dr Jorge Flechas, Dr Group,  Dr Brownstein.  Whilst they do advocate the use of supplemental iodine, I tend to favour food sources of any supplement.  Try upping your dietary intake & observe how you feel. I personally had some detox symptoms at the start, as halogens and heavy metals were kicked into touch.

I recommend Iodine alongside Homeopathic Detox Therapy (my preferred methodology in practice) for best results.  Iodine is not a magic bullet for all ills, but I believe may be an important part of the jigsaw for any journey back to health.

Happy Dosing!

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